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Dumbest Things Heard in a Pet Store

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mldolan, Mar 1, 2008.

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  1. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Most of the people working at petstores see it as a paycheck. Its the biggest problem im faced with working at a petco. I work part-time, i may only be in 2 times a week, then not in for a week. In that week quite a bit can happen.
    On the topic of calci-sand, small (well more like tiny) victory there. The leopard geckoes are now on white repti-sand. Its not much better then calci-sand, but it is a much finer grain. Not wuite the repti-carpet i've been asking for, but its a small step.
    Typhanie, What part of VA is that petstore in?
  2. Semanticprison

    Semanticprison Active Member

    People working at "Pet Store Inc." are often 16-18 yr old kids at their first job, just trying to get by and repeating what they're told... and remember they have little control over the animals' care. Better to try to educate than to be smug or frustrated with the employees. If the conditions/info are really harmful the best idea would be to write to corporate or ask for the number of a district manager and ask for changes to be made. Remember that many reptiles have only been successfully kept as pets in very recent years and that the knowledge is far from common. And if you don't agree with a company 's policies regarding their animal care, its probably best not to patronize their business, ever, for anything, and give their corporate office a call to let them know why. That's the only way things will ever change. This isn't directed at anyone in general, just seems like it needed to be said that there are positive ways of facilitating changes instead of just judging / complaining. We were all ignorant once. (**** I am still about some things)
  3. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    Culpeper. This particular pet store has been there longer than I have, and when I moved to Culpeper about 8 years ago, everyone warned me not to buy any animals from that store because the animals were often in bad condition. They keep moving around from location to location - I presume because they aren't making much money and think that moving to a new location will fix that. But the store keeps plugging on, so some people must be buying from them.
  4. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    ill have to remember if im ever in to stop in, maybe "raise some hackles". lol.
    I agree with semantic prison. The problem is these corporations really don't care.
  5. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    :) Absolutely! We regularly encourage "civil" interactions with pet store employees... this is just a place to vent. ;)
  6. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Yeah. Its the owners like Typh mentioned that we understand getting a bit "uncivil" with... Though it is best if you explain things nicely, give them a good chance, before you decide to really give them an earful.
  7. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    :) Ryan, have you ever watched the movie Mary Poppins? Remember one of her songs that goes like this, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down... in the most delightful way." Well, I've found that dealing with IGNORANT owners and pet store employees is sorta like that. Be nice, complement what they're doing right, build a relationship (if you can), and usually they'll come around.

    I've told the story of the exotic pet store reptile manager that insisted the sulcatas' shells were normal (they were suffering from pyrammading), but over the course of several weeks of us talking he began to do research on his own, and realized that I was telling him the truth. It was patient and polite insistence that did the trick. :)
  8. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    :) Well I do agree to some extent, if at all possible, i'd much rather convince the owner to come around, take beter care of there animals,
    "Though it is best if you explain things nicely, give them a good chance"
    (even if not for there sake as much as the animals sake)
    But there really are people out there that could care less, know what there doing, know its wrong, and only want to make more profit. These are the people who sometimes need a bit more of a "push" to get to, even if that push is a tad bit uncivil (well in my opinion even if that "push" involves threats to report there actions to the humane society, animal rights groups, any other venue) Most states (and i beleive, the federal government) have laws about the minimum care expected of animals, even the store owners are expected to follow them, they rarely get reported, but you'd be suprised what enough letters and phone calls will get you, especially if you can get more people involved.
  9. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    I agree. Honey draws in more flies by far than vinegar. The problem is when you've got a really stubborn fly who doesn't seem to care. That's when you have to go and get the flyswatter. ;)
  10. RES/AnoleLover89

    RES/AnoleLover89 Elite Member

    i found this site when i was looking for caresheets for my RES last year and when i told my mom i was getting a 55 gallon for him (he was in a 20 at 10 years old) we had the worst argument. She has always been fed the "he'll only grow as big as his habitat" lie. and told me "just because you read it on some website doesnt make it true" but i forgive her, because it's my money and my turtle. she doesnt like reptiles so i wont have to worry about trying to re-educate her sometime down the line. I tried to explain to her that the pet store was only interested in making money, but she just said, "fine waste your money" Poor dana, he was kept in a 10 gal with only a bowl of water for 7 years. when i got him i put him in a 20 and set it up a little better. god that 10 gal stank. he grew a few inches when i put him in the 20 but he hasnt grown since i put im in the 55. he's 12 years old and only about 7 inches carpace length
  11. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    That's a sad story to hear. Most people don't realize how much damage that particular myth can do. At least he's in a better environment now. :)
  12. zacbattles

    zacbattles New Member

    same as above, in jonesboro, the idiots up there told me all iguanas eat is crickets
  13. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    how is that considered a rescue? I guess I am a little harsh in my opinion, but I feel if you are going to "rescue" an animal that means you will be providing the PROPER care and environment,, if you do not than you are no better than the person you "rescued" them from. Reminds me of the nightmare I went through last year with the other "rescue" around here. I use the term rescue lightly with him. I sometimes wonder what would have happened to Oscar (sulcata) if I had not have actually stepped in.
    Things can actually be done,, you just have to sit on animal controls desk, literally. It took me a while and it was a long and drawn out, stressful ordeal but well worth it in the end.
  14. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    I agree. Sometimes you have to be the "bad guy" to get the good things done. though really, nothing bad about reporting, hassling, and so on, when someone is mistreating any living creature like that. Im glad there are still people who care enough to step in in these situations.
  15. tlh9162

    tlh9162 Elite Member

    I wish they had to go to classes in order to be qualified to talk to potential pet owners. The poor animals that end up in the hands of these people and subsequently into the hands of ill-informed buyers. :(
  16. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    As a Pet Store manager that tries to eduate my staff and all potential pet parents, the hardest thing I have to deal with is "That's not what they told me at the other petstore". I have a store less than two miles from me that repeatedly has a special in their store of a free Iguana with the purchase of a 20 gallon tank......

    I have been escorted out of there several times.......
  17. redtailnamedjade

    redtailnamedjade Elite Member

    It would be nice if these managers, of these type of Pet stores would educate their staff or at least encourage them to do research into the reptiles or animals they are to care for.[/QUOTE]

    it would be nice but in the pet stores near me the managers are even worse than the kids working, at least most of the kids have a reptile living at their house... the managers dont like it when you come into the store and know more than them especially while theyre giving advice to a future reptile owner. one thing that bothers me also is that if you are going to sell a pet you should have a wide variety of products that go along with that animal and not a small section of useless high ticket items. EX. i recently had a problem with mites and you have no idea how hard it was to eradicate those little buggers. it took 4 days of hard searching to finally find reptile relief (thanks again to merlin!) after that all problems were solved. Anyways main point being that the big brand pet stores only care about selling there sickly 'pets' for grossly inflated prices.... i hate pet stores
  18. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    used to have a petsmart and a petco near me. always hated going to them. always felt sorry for the animals.
    where i live now, theres a Pets Plus about a half hour away, i don't like it any more then the other two, although it does seem a bit nicer.

    luckily theres a really nice privately owned pet shop thats somewhat near by (its about a 40 min drive) i go there every week or two for food for my snakes and i love it, the staff seems very well educated and it seems like the health and well being of there snakes, lizards, turtles, etc is there top concern. plus, they don't try to push extra stuff on you when you buy something. they'll ask about what kind of set up you have and your experiences to make sure your ready to take an animal.

    the place even holds yearly birthdays with an exotic animal show and other events for the stores mascot, a 9 year old salcata with a 15" carapace.

    if anybody lives in somewhat near Harleysville PA: Fins, Feathers, Paws & Claws, Inc.
  19. mldolan

    mldolan Active Member

    my god i cant believe i started "the thread that wouldn't die" lol
    i guess it speaks volumes about just how bad the pet industry in america (and other countries i'm sure) is. i don't want to assume everybody who contributed to this thread is in America, so any non-USA posters out there?
  20. RES/AnoleLover89

    RES/AnoleLover89 Elite Member

    Off topic. I'm writing a persuasive paper for my english 101 class about why pet stores should teach their employees proper care of herps and pass correct info to customers. could i use quotes from this thread?
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